Trojans Honor Alumnus Greg Franklin for Service
Gregory Franklin ’83, EdD ’97 was recognized for his outstanding volunteer service to the Trojan Family as a recipient of the USC Alumni Association’s Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award.
Franklin, who is superintendent of Tustin Unified School District, was honored for his record of service and achievements as chair of the USC Rossier Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group (DSAG) and member of the USC Rossier Board of Councilors.
Established in 1980, DSAG is made up of USC alumni who are superintendents for school districts across the state. They actively fundraise for EdD scholarships awarded to aspiring K-12 superintendents, as well as provide counsel to the Dean. The group of 160 active and retired superintendents also partners with Rossier as host of an annual summer Leadership Conference which this year attracted more than 200 USC alumni and students to engage in discussions about K-12 and higher education leadership.
Under Franklin’s leadership, DSAG raised funds to establish a $110,000 endowment to support EdD scholarships at USC Rossier. He has been instrumental in establishing a culture of philanthropy within DSAG, and the landmark fundraising effort will provide critical support for aspiring school leaders for generations to come.
As a member of the Rossier Board of Councilors for three years, Franklin advises the dean on matters related to the school.
Greg is an exceptional asset to USC Rossier. His commitment has strengthened DSAG, and his generosity and inspirational spirit are making a tremendous difference for a new generation of education leaders.
–Dean Karen Symms Gallagher
Franklin credits the network and mentoring of the Rossier School for advancing his 25-year career in public education. Prior to leading Tustin Unified, he served as superintendent of Los Alamitos Unified; superintendent of educational services for Glendale Unified; and assistant superintendent of human resources in Fullerton Joint Unified High school districts.
He has earned a number of awards for his achievements in education leadership, and is a member of the Association of California School Administrators, State Superintendents Council, Southern California Superintendents, and California Association of Latino Superintendents.
Franklin will be formally honored at the 2013 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on September 19. More info.
By Andrea Bennett